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12-01-2010, 10:43 AM
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Canucks re-assign Alexandre Bolduc to Manitoba

Link: http://communities.canada.com/thepro...urth-line.aspx

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Bolduc will lace up in Winnipeg on Friday and Saturday, where the Moose host the Oklahoma City Barons, then could return to the Canucks as early as Sunday's game when St. Louis visits.

Working in Perrault's favour is he has an NHL track record, as uneven as it is, while Bolduc must, in essence, earn a roster spot all over again.
Vancouver not getting an NHL-quality body to center the fourth line is really my only gripe from the offseason. We've had a revolving door of crud there now and it could have easily been rectified; a guy like Steve Begin entered the season unsigned.

I guess Bolduc looked the best of a bad bunch. Hopefully he can actually stay healthy.

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12-01-2010, 11:18 AM
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Throughout training camp and half of a game in the regular season, I liked how he looked and what he brought to the fourth line. I honestly think if he and Desbiens remained together a chemistry would've developed that made the fourth line pretty valuable in its role of hitting, fighting, and occasionally scoring.

Now that the fourth line has been disrupted through the revolving door you described, I'm not sure of its potential to be effective. But I look forward to Bolduc returning to the fourth line center spot.

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Working in Perrault's favour is he has an NHL track record, as uneven as it is, while Bolduc must, in essence, earn a roster spot all over again.
I don't buy that. I think if Bolduc looks fine after his conditioning stint, he'll get his job back. Perrault's been OK but he's done nothing to lead me to believe that Bolduc won't get that spot back.

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Perrault or Bolduc, in the end all that matters is the play of Glass and Hansen on that line. If Glass can show some consistency and Hansen continues his play, then either guy will be just fine as the 4th line C.

What may separate them, though, is their faceoff prowess.

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Perrault or Bolduc, in the end all that matters is the play of Glass and Hansen on that line. If Glass can show some consistency and Hansen continues his play, then either guy will be just fine as the 4th line C.

What may separate them, though, is their faceoff prowess.
I agree with your first comment, to a point, it would helpful to have a center there who isn't just a passenger though.

Obviously the faceoffs favor Perrault but another factor that might seperate them in Bolduc's favor is speed. I think of Bolduc as being a considerably better skater, I could be wrong about that though.

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Perrault's days are numbered. Bolduc is an AV favourite.

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Vancouver not getting an NHL-quality body to center the fourth line is really my only gripe from the offseason. We've had a revolving door of crud there now and it could have easily been rectified; a guy like Steve Begin entered the season unsigned.

I guess Bolduc looked the best of a bad bunch. Hopefully he can actually stay healthy.
Yeah, for the regular season, it's been an issue.

Personally, I'm all for calling Hodgson up right at the end of the season and having him be the 4th line center. Let him get 65-70 games in the AHL this season to get his game and timing back, while improving on his strength and skating.

He's a solid 2 way player, so he should be capable handling the defensive responsibilities, while being able to put the puck in the net should the team need at on the PP or help on the PK. Playoff games are usually won/lost based on the contribution you get from the bottom 6.

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Bolduc centering Glass and Hansen should be a much improved 4th line over what it was a few weeks back. Perrault has shown very little. He's a tweener NHL / AHL player and has been a marginal fill in at best. Only issue I have is that team doesn't have anything close to a heavyweight.

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I'm fine with Bolduc getting back into the lineup as long as he doesn't bring Desbiens with him.

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I'm fine with Bolduc getting back into the lineup as long as he doesn't bring Desbiens with him.
That's the key to it all, Desbiens is just a lug. And let's see if Bolduc can stay healthy for more than 3 games in a row.

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I'm fine with Bolduc getting back into the lineup as long as he doesn't bring Desbiens with him.
What, you weren't entertained by Desbiens' attempts at breakout passes? Ten feet left of the target...ten feet right...four feet high and into the target's stomach...

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I don't buy that. I think if Bolduc looks fine after his conditioning stint, he'll get his job back. Perrault's been OK but he's done nothing to lead me to believe that Bolduc won't get that spot back.
Agreed. But will he make it longer than 7 games before going back on the IR?

4th time is the charm...

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I wouldn't mind seeing what Bolduc can bring to the table this season. He's only had one game, it's hard to judge his progress or lack thereof.

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I'm fine with Bolduc getting back into the lineup as long as he doesn't bring Desbiens with him.
This. Dear God. Desbiens' ineptitude fortunately didn't cost the team very much, but I think that was luck more than anything.

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12-01-2010, 06:13 PM
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Perrault's days are numbered. Bolduc is an AV favourite.
Bolduc will just get injured again, Perrault will have his job back in <10 games after Bolduc gets back in the lineup.

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I think Perrault has been fine in his role and played well when he was finally given more than 5mins of ice time. One thing I like about him over Bolduc is his size.

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I don't feel Bolduc fits the 4th line centre prototype, I see him more as an energy guy like Hansen, a guy who can skate miles, is defensively responsible, and is basically willing to do whatever the team needs. But because he's not a pugilist nor a centre, nor has he demonstrated much offensive skills at this level, the only real fit is the 4th line winger position that Hansen presently occupies.

Bolduc is a good AHLer who can slot in to a 4th line energy winger role in case of injury.

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Bolduc will just get injured again, Perrault will have his job back in <10 games after Bolduc gets back in the lineup.
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Another edge that Bolduc has over Perrault is that he's supposed to be better defensively, although he'll have to work on his faceoffs. But he does bring grit and speed and energy, as well as PK ability which is what a #4C ideally should have. Just don't fight - that's all we're asking from the guy. He's already been hurt quite a few times in the past 2 seasons.

And Desbiens should not be on the 4th line when he comes back from injury. He simply isn't an NHL'er at this point, not sure if he ever will be with his skating issues.

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Aside from Glass, our 4th line is garbage

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Aside from Glass, our 4th line is garbage
Yes, Glass is much better than Hansen....wait, what?!

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Canucks forward Alex Bolduc is on regular re-assignment to the Moose - not a conditioning assignment.

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Canucks forward Alex Bolduc is on regular re-assignment to the Moose - not a conditioning assignment.
Makes sense. Otherwise we'd have a 24 man roster.

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Bolduc and Perrault are not NHL players.

Rypien is. Rypien will return. Until then, the fourth line will be patchwork.

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Bolduc and Perrault are not NHL players.

Rypien is. Rypien will return. Until then, the fourth line will be patchwork.
Disagree. Rypien is NOT a NHL player. He's a 4th line fighter who is detrimental to the team when playing even strength.

He's one of the main reasons the 4th line is so bad. Doesnt have the speed or hockey sense.

Bolduc is an upgrade over Rypien in terms of skating and hockey sense. Downgrade in terms of fighting.

I'd take Bolduc in the lineup over Rypien any day.

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Bolduc and Perrault are not NHL players.

Rypien is. Rypien will return. Until then, the fourth line will be patchwork.
Rypien has arguably been the weakest link on that line all season. It's no coincidence that the 4th line has been better during his absence. Both Bolduc (granted in only a few games) and Perrault have been better.

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